Werner Freund was an indeed courageous man, as he managed for forty years to live with wolves in Germany. Up until his recent death at the age of 79, Werner Freund had managed to raise more than seventy wolves which were hospitalised in his sanctuary in Merzig, Germany.
Before his recent death, Werner Freund, despite his age, had managed to be a leader of a wolf pack in his sanctuary which was consisted of 29 wolves. The wolves were coming from several different species. Among others, Werner Freund hospitalised European, Siberian, Canadian, Artic and Mongolian wolf species. Although many of these do not have any distinct characteristics and they look very similar, the snow-white coloured Arctic wolves are the only species which is the most agile, strong and distinguishable from the rest because of its colour.
Werner Freund, an ex-paratrooper of the German Military, managed for 40 years to hand rear and live among these dangerous predators as their leader. To do that, Werner established his sanctuary in 1972, which is measured as being 25 acres. In this sanctuary, seventy wolves were raised in total, which obeyed Werner Freund with strict discipline. In this way, Werner made them to be in a way pets, as he mostly hand rear them, despite having their wild instincts and a keen pleasure to hunt and eat other animals and humans.
Most of them were given to Werner by several zoos and animal parks when they were just little cubs. However, living with wolves is a very difficult task, and Werner had to show them who is the leader. In order to maintain his position as the alpha male of the wolf pack, Werner always had a very simple but important strategy. He ensured that he would always be the first to be fed first from the other wolves! Although shocking at first thought, Werner’s approach was always workable, as in this way, he gave rest of the pack the message that he was the leader.
As the wolves knew that in this way he was the leader, they did not do anything else than only watching Werner eating raw deer’s legs, despite them being hungry and salivating. Once Werner had his share from the animal that they were fed, the rest of the wolves proceeded in eating and devour the carcass.This way indeed sounds unorthodox and extremely dangerous, but Werner had his reasons. By taming the hunger of the wolves in the pack and making sure he was the first to eat, he was earned the respect that he needed in order to establish him as the leader of the pack. In this way, the wolves not only do not attack him, but instead they act really friendly and show him their respect and affection to him.
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They seemed playful and enjoying their time with Werner, as they were licking him and play with him. It is unfortunate that he is now dead. I am sure the wolves will definitely remember him.